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Missing Radioactive Material Found Dumped in South Iraq via NBC

BAGHDAD — A “highly dangerous” radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, environment ministry spokesman Ameer Ali said on Sunday.

Ali said it had not been damaged and there were no concerns about radiation from the material, the loss of which raised concerns it could be used as a weapon if acquired by ISIS militants.

The material had been stolen in November from a storage facility belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford near the southern city of Basra.

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“A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with a special prevention radiation team and retrieved the device,” said Jabbar al-Saidi, the chief of security panel in Basra provincial council.

“After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100 percent and there is absolutely no concern of radiation.”

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